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The politics of Calais , border control and Brexit

01 January,2017 by Tom Collins

The importance of the deal between Britain and France keeping border checks on the French side of the channel has increased . Although the politics of Calais border control, doesn't initially suggest a direct influence of the IT industry and access to skilled staff, it is part of a wider immigration policy debate.

Alain Juppe who is a current favourite to become France’s new president told the Guardian : “We can’t tolerate what is going on in Calais, the image is disastrous for our country and there are also extremely serious economic and security consequences for the people of Calais”

Theresa May , British Prime Minister, rejected the idea that the border in the port in Calais that keeps thousands of migrants from entering Britain should be moved to Kent, UK

Due to the 2003 Treaty of Le Touqet (an agreement between Britain and France) meant that British border forces can carry out passport checks in Calais instead of in Dover.

Post Brexit vote , British voters decided to leave the European Union, political tension has risen around the subject of Calais. The argument is that if Britain has decided to disengage from EU and standalone there has to be a commensurate move to also take responsibility of their borders. However, in August, British and French interior ministers said they would continue with the agreement decided in the treaty.

Amber Rudd (UK home secretary) and her counterpart, Bernard Cazeneuve said that they would work together to increase security around the “shared border” in Calais.

The former president, Nicolas Sarkozy suggested that migrants should be dealt with on the other side of the channel; “Those who are here in Calais and who want to cross to England should be processed in England by the English”

However, the borders are staying as they are for now but plans and arrangements could easily change over the forthcoming years.

These political moves are part of the initial positions prior to the Brexit negotiations starting. But they are also part of a wider conversation around immigration policy.

The IT industry has been grappling with immigration policy and outsourcing for years. Outsourcing DBA tasks to an Offshore IT company       is complicated. The decision tp outsource IT tasks is all decided within the wider context of  immigration policy , legal , cost, security and reliability.

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